Trinity High School in Columbus, Ohio, is changing the name of its football team to Lovejoy High.
The school announced the change Wednesday morning.
Lovejoy, a school in the northwest corner of Columbus, has a long history of football tradition.
The team, which plays in the Big West Conference, played in the state’s largest college football stadium when it was called the Big Southwest Conference Stadium.
The school had been known as Lovejoy University High School since the 1960s.
The new name, the school said in a statement, “emphasizes that we are a community of love, joy and unity, and that all are welcome here, regardless of background or race or creed.”
We believe in the power of sports, and we are excited to be a part of a vibrant and diverse community of Lovejoy fans.
“The school was founded in 1885 by William Lovejoy, who played in Division I football at the University of Nebraska.
In the 1990s, the athletic department purchased the school, which is located about 10 miles south of Columbus.
It opened as Trinity High in 1996, but the school has struggled financially in recent years.
The university received a $1.8 million state grant to help renovate its facility, which cost more than $1 million to build.
The program was not eligible for state funding because it was in the College of Nursing.
The athletic department was also not eligible because it had a contract with the school that was not renewed after the school’s basketball team moved to a new facility in 2012.